LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. (KTLA) — Pet owners in Laguna Beach voiced their concerns at a meeting on Thursday night about the increasing number of coyote attacks.
The attacks on dogs and cats were getting out of control, some residents said.
“There are no cats anymore — they’ve been wiped out,” one woman said. “I don’t see raccoons anymore; I don’t see skunks anymore; I don’t see possums anymore.”
Animal control officials advised pet owners to keep their doggie doors locked and their cats indoors at all times.
Most coyotes were looking for food and water, they said, and residents should not leave out anything that would attract a wild animal.
Additionally, they advised anyone who walks a dog alone to carry a whistle, cane or golf club in case a coyote becomes aggressive.
Anyone who encounters a coyote should not run, officials said.
Instead, the best tactic was to try to appear as big as possible to scare away the animal.